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First kitchen knife. Ladder damascus. Pic heavy

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This is also the 30th knife/forged object I have made. I have a spreadsheet and keep track.


Steels: 1084, 15n20. 600 layers ‘organic’ ladder. Handle: curly (or fugured I've seen it called) Koa wood with Gabon ebony front. No end grain towards cutting edge. 

Overall length 14.5”  blade length ~8.5”

weight feels quite light at 8oz.

Etched with ~20% ferric chloride, darkened after sanding with Walmart brand instant coffee.



A few months ago my Aunt and Uncle went to Hawaii and he brought me back a block of curly Koa wood figuring I could make a pretty knife handle with it. Well, I gave him that wood back, with a blade stuck in it. 


Originally I wanted a high layer perfectly even ladder pattern. And have it match the ‘chatoyance’ of the wood. I made dies for my 88# Anyang, but had too many bars on it and the steel bounced too much to get nice even rows. Then I thought what if the pattern is more ‘organic’ and flows like the wood itself does? So I risked the 640 layer billet and gave her a go on the bouncy dies.


I really like how it turned out. 


Ends of the billet from 20 -> 80 -> 320. Then a hotcut and single fold to 640.  Call it 600.







Made a block from a slab of mesquite, had a clever idea. Just after the dark line on the top of the block, i have a strong hidden magnet about 1/8” from the carved channel the blade goes in that holds the edge off the wood when the blade is inserted.

My lovely wife made some vinyl to put on the block.



Now for my own critique: the ebony front of the handle should have been filed more carefully to leave less gap. I filled the gap with epoxy mixed w/black printer toner.


Where I put the touchmark, it dished the steel and I couldn’t grind that deep on the whole thing to get it flat... still figuring when to stamp in the process... need to electro-etch...

also the scratches in there I couldn’t get out without eating too much of the stamp.



Self critique over.


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Beautiful knife.  Way better than my first kitchen knife.  I love the way the blade pattern and the handle grain compliment each other.

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